Joey Porter Jr. reflects on Nittany Lions recruitment, NFL father’s advice

Penn State football cornerback Joey Porter Jr. explained that the Nittany Lions were not necessarily on his “radar” before the program began recruiting him, and now the former four-star prospect is starring in the Big Ten as a recognizable name nationally. Porter’s father, Joey, played more than a decade for the Pittsburgh Steelers and others as one of the league’s top linebackers.

“He just always told me to go to a place that wants you,” Porter told CBS Sports Network on Inside College Football this week. “That was his main thing. Going to Colorado State, they showed him the most love. And he was like going to a place that feels like home. When I first came to Penn State, it just felt like home and they came with open arms. (There’s) been a great relationship ever since then.”

Porter, a former four-star recruit, was a key member of Penn State’s 2019 signing class and was rated the No. 24 cornerback in the cycle, according to 247Sports.

“I’m not going to lie, Penn State wasn’t always on my highest radar growing up as a kid, I was always sometimes mostly on the West Coast,” Porter said. “When I first moved back out there, I started hearing about Penn State and I started doing my research on the program. They had some great players come through this program and I just wanted to be the next one.”

Porter led the defense with eight solo tackles and was a force for Penn State’s secondary in the season-opener at Purdue and was named the fans’ player of the game. He had three pass breakups, including a near interception. He also had a momentum-changing play on a fumble recovery as he stayed in play near the boundary.

“I mean, I enjoy it. You know, I play corner, so this is what I do for a living,” Porter said after Penn State’s 35-31 comeback win at Purdue, via Lions247. “I’m a specialist at (locking down). The competition was good work out there. They got me a little bit, but I feel like we turned it around, and we stopped them.”

Porter was spotlighted several times in the second half as Purdue continuously called passing plays in his direction with little success.

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“I definitely feel like I left some plays out there tonight,” Porter said, via Lions247. “But I know I rebounded and made a lot of good ones. So we’re just gonna watch the film and just try to do better.”

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